Reauthorizing IDEA with Those We Serve
Reauthorizing IDEA with Those We Serve

Categories: Education

Illustration of the Autism Society logo, a ribbon made up of different colored puzzle piecesBy Guest Blogger Lawrence Korchnak, Autism Society Vice President

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that makes it possible for families to access free and appropriate education for their children with disabilities. The standards established under IDEA impact families and school districts across the country.

IDEA requires all public schools to provide a free and appropriate public education tailored to the specific needs of a child with a disability. One of the key components of the statute is the Individualized Education Plan, commonly referred to as the IEP. The IEP is a written document that outlines a child’s education throughout his educational career. The document defines goals for the student, services needed to help meet those goals and a method of evaluating a student’s progress. Families looking for more information about IEPs and how to prepare for them can visit the Autism Society website.

As a nonprofit organization representing those affected by autism, the Autism Society is taking steps to prepare for the possible reauthorization of IDEA. The Autism Society strives to be a fair and honest broker of information about autism, and an organization that brings reasonable and bipartisan ideas to Washington. That’s why our position on the IDEA reauthorization will be shaped by exactly what families and educators need.

The Autism Society wants to know from parents and teachers which aspects of a child’s educational planning process need to improved, or perhaps need a more complete definition or more focus. The Autism Society’s position on this issue will be shaped by what our constituents express to us. Help us properly represent our constituency and the desires of all disability advocacy groups in this critical moment!

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6 Responses to Reauthorizing IDEA with Those We Serve

  1. Sandie B. B. MA/CCC says:

    Failure to diagnose and the continued use of vague, unscientific terminology bodes poorly for progress treating children with disabilities. And it may be getting worse, not better.

  2. Gropp S. says:

    Fantastic post, you received a new reader. Cheers!

  3. J.V. says:

    Thanks for this post, I have been looking everywhere. Cheers!

  4. Ronald J. says:

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  5. Vivian S. says:

    My child is not diagnosed with autism but he does have ADHD and a learning disability (reading). I don’t believe that he is in the right setting in the public school but it is taking me quite a bit of time to get him to be tested so that I can apply fulfill my application requirements at schools that might be able to provide the necessary services for him. What can I do about getting him tested to see where he truly is academically?

    • M. Martin says:

      Dear Vivian, Unfortunately, your information is truly correct! I have my Masters in Specific Learning Disabilities and worked in the school system for many years. Is it possible for you to see a private psychologist that would not charge you an arm and a leg to do the assesment for ADHD and a Psychoeducational evaluation for the Learning Disability? I am a substance abuse counselor/social worker and have a sister who is 100% knowledgeable on the issues of Autism, ADHD, and the testing process. I will contact her and hopefully she will be able to guide you IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!! I know exactly where you are coming from as I experienced this myself with almost all parents I worked with in the school system whose children were in my resource classes. Will be in touch. M. Martin, M.A.T. , C.S.A.C., Social Worker II